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Summary

  1. A brain damaged boy from Berkshire has received a £4.6m NHS payout
  2. Concern is growing for a missing man from Maidenhead
  3. The police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who collapsed in custody in Reading
  4. Weather: A sunny and warm day

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That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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£4.6m NHS payout for brain damaged boy

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A boy who suffered "catastrophic brain damage" after contracting meningitis as a newborn baby is set to receive a £4.6m NHS payout. 

The nine-year-old's family sought compensation from NHS England and South Central Ambulance Service after he became unwell in 2007 aged six weeks. 

He received treatment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, but it came too late to prevent the injury. 

The organisations denied liability, but agreed to to settle the case at the High Court today. 

Concern growing for missing man

Police are becoming "increasingly concerned" for a missing man from Maidenhead. 

Michael Asher, 79, was last seen on Thursday on the A4 Bath Road walking towards the Thickets roundabout.

Michael Asher,
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He is white, 6ft, thin, bald and may have been wearing a brown jacket.

Thames Valley Police said Mr Asher's disappearance was "very out of character".

New probation service launched

Tara Maxwell

BBC Berkshire

Extra probation staff will be taken on in Berkshire as part of a new service aimed at tackling re-offending. 

The Prison and Probation service - launched today - means the two services will work together to support offenders both in and out of custody. 

Staff will be given more training and governors will have more control over prisons. 

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Investigation into police cell death

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who collapsed in custody.

The 44-year-old was arrested in Reading on Saturday afternoon on suspicion of assault and a drugs offence before being taken to nearby Loddon Valley Police Station.

Officers became concerned for his welfare and took him to hospital.

He was discharged the same day but was then found unresponsive in his cell on Sunday and died later, police said.

Pothole policy criticised by motorists

Reducing pothole checks on Readings roads from once a month to once every three has been criticised by road users. 

The borough council is considering the move because the government has changed the rules so local authorities can now decide how often roads are inspected.

Pothole
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Councillor Tony Page, transport portfolio holder, said the authority was already working more efficiently.

He added: "We need to put pressure on central government to give us more for proper highway maintenance."

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J8 for and J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J8 and J10 A329(M) Wokingham. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

High pollen count warning

Watch: Shakespearean pad valued at more than £30,000

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J11 for A33 and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 westbound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident involving a car and lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Irish cup dreams ended by Jersey

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Lightning struck twice for London Irish in the space of eight days as Jersey Reds once again get the better of them.

This time the Channel Islanders were 25-17 victors in the British & Irish Cup semi-final having also beaten Irish the previous weekend in the Championship.

Nick Kennedy's side were undone by a late sin-binning for hooker Gerard Ellis and Nick Selway's try three minutes from time.

They return to action in the Championship on Saturday against Rotherham at the Madejski Stadium.

Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

After a bright morning, more sunshine is forecast for this afternoon with highs of 15C. 

But make the most of it, because by dawn it will be raining and a gloomy day beckons tomorrow. 

BBC weather
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Reading loses £5m and 370 affordable homes due to law change

Maidenhead United: Lock pleased with style and score

Coach Sam Lock says that both the style of the win and the victory were pleasing vs Bath

Reading pothole check reduction defended

Plans to reduce pothole checks on Reading's roads from once a month to once every three months have been defended by the borough council as a legitimate way to save money.

A pothole
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The reduction's being considered because the government has changed the rules so local authorities can now decide how often roads are inspected. 

Reading council blames the government for cutting funding but Rory Buckley, who's from Reading and set up a website where people can report potholes, says inspecting them less is a false economy.

Monday's weather forecast with Bee Tucker

Motorcyclist in serious condition in hospital after crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Earley.

At around 20:20 on Friday a black Yamaha motorcycle, which was travelling in Wokingham Road, towards Winnersh, was involved in a collision with a grey Vauxhall Adam car travelling in the opposite direction.

Wokingham Road
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The rider of the motorcycle, a 21-year-old man from Reading, was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with serious leg, arm and neck injuries, where he remains in a serious condition. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 23-year-old man from Reading was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs. 

He was released on police bail until 20 May.

Travel update: All lanes of M4 open

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

All lanes of the M4 are now open after a crash on the London-bound carriageway near Langley earlier, but slow traffic remains from junction seven for Slough.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A355 Slough affecting J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - Delays and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound at J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident involving one car and two lorries earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Reading FC: Stam happy to dominate Leeds

The Royals boss speaks about scoring, then seeing out the win against play-off rivals

Travel update: Delays on M4 after crash

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

On the M4 an accident on the London-bound carriageway at junction five for Langley is blocking the inside lane and causing delays back to junction seven for Slough.

Travel update: M4 reopened nine hours early

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

The weekend closure of the M4 between junctions 12 and 13 was lifted nine hours early as work was completed ahead of schedule. 

The stretch should have been opened at 6am today, but was actually reopened at 9pm last night. 

The next weekend closure of the same stretch will be from 5 May, not this weekend as was planned earlier.

Morning headlines

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Reading's roads will be checked for potholes far less often - dropping from once every month to once every three months - if new council plans get the go ahead
  • After a rise in the number of offences of paedophiles meeting children after sexual grooming in the Thames Valley, new laws to protect young people come into force today
  • Around 200 people struggling with loneliness in Reading are to benefit from a new British Red Cross Service
  • Ancient trees in Berkshire deserve the same protection as historic buildings, so says the Woodland Trust

Shakespearean notepad valued at more than £30,000

A 17th century Shakespearean notebook with "enormous scholarly value" has been described as one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on the Antiques Roadshow .

Shakespeare
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The tiny pad, featuring "scientific scholarly notes" written during the Bard's lifetime, left manuscripts specialist Matthew Haley "trembling".

The notebook is believed to have come from the collection of 18th Century antiquarian John Loveday of Caversham. It was valued at more than £30,000 on Sunday's episode.

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